Duke Energy funds two new scholarships at college

Aug. 18, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Duke Energy recently presented a $2,000 contribution to the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund. The funds will be used to provide two scholarships, worth $1,000 each, for students enrolled in the college’s new mechatronics engineering technology program.

This is not the first contribution by Duke Energy to the new curriculum program, which is based at the college’s campus in Granville County. Earlier this year, the college received a $245,923 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to purchase state-of-the-art, industrial-grade equipment for mechatronics training.

The mechatronics program combines mechanical engineering, electronics and computer technology skills. Students enrolled in the program at Vance-Granville will learn to use basic engineering principles and technical skills in developing and testing automated, servo-mechanical and other electromechanical systems. Graduates will be prepared for employment in industrial maintenance and manufacturing careers, including assembly, testing, startup, troubleshooting, repair, process improvement and control systems.

The relationship between Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States, and Vance-Granville Community College goes back to the days of Carolina Power & Light, which also supported several scholarships at the college. Once Carolina Power & Light became Progress Energy, the new company created another endowed scholarship. In addition, the company has sponsored several non-endowed scholarships for students.